Cloud Computing And Its Fundamental Concepts

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Cloud Computing
In this paper, I will briefly introduce what cloud computing is and some of its fundamental concepts (service models and deployment models). The later part of the paper will mainly focus on examining cloud computing impacts on business – the benefits it will bring, and the risks and challenges that go along with it.
Cloud computing refers to the hardware, systems software, and applications delivered as services over the Internet (Antonopoulos & Gilliam 2010, p. 3). According to the United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), cloud computing is a model for enabling network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. However, even with all of these definitions, cloud computing is still somewhat a very broad term to describe. Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison (2008) once said: “The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we have redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I cannot think of anything that is not cloud computing with all of these announcements… Maybe I am an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It is complete gibberish. It is insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”
Over the last few years, cloud computing has been growing immensely. According to the statistics on, the industry achieved a growth of over…

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